Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Summer Camp for Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Approaching its’ 19th summer, The Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY is seeking individuals, organizations and businesses to sponsor a camper's week at summer camp. If you're not familiar with The Double H Ranch... they provide specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families, who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Something most of us cannot even begin to fathom. The children participate in camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound.

Says one camper, “There’s a totally different feeling as you pull onto Hidden Valley and go down the winding road toward camp. There’s a difference in the air. I wish there was more than one week”.

All programs at The Double H Ranch are FREE of charge to these young campers and their families. The Summer Residential Camp program hosts 900 campers, seventy percent who hail from New York State. Because of a medical diagnosis, these children are unable to attend other summer camps so this is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.

Says one mom, ”As a mom it’s awesome to have such a safe place for our kids to go. I can honestly say without Double H, my kids would have never experienced all the great joys of summer camp.”

This year, the Association of Hole in the Walls Camps, the organization Paul Newman set in place to continue his legacy and support his growing international family of camps, has presented the Double H with a new Challenge to raise $60,000 from people who sponsor a camper for the very first time, in return for a $20,000 grant.

Receive your Double H courage bracelet by taking a first step and sponsoring a child for his morning at camp ($125) or lead the way as a TrailGuide ($1,800) by sponsoring a child for her week at camp. In return, you will have the opportunity to spend time at camp and experience first-hand the impact of your gift. It’s a path you choose ― one morning, one week or anywhere in between. Your sponsorship gives a child new-found confidence and pride in sharing accomplishments with their peers and fosters a sense of belonging that will last a lifetime.

For more information on sponsoring a Double H camper, call 518-696-5921 or go to